Origin of convulsive
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Examples from the Web for convulsively
Convulsively he clutched it, wound it about one arm, and bade them haul.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
He thrust the paper into his bosom, and then abruptly, convulsively, held out his hand.Scaramouche
She walked to the window, convulsively grasping her pocket-handkerchief.Audrey Craven
The sack rose and fell as if something under it was squirming about convulsively.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
She could not finish the sentence for the squatter had pressed her to him convulsively.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
Word Origin and History for convulsively
1610s, from French convulsif, from Medieval Latin *convulsivus, from convulsus, past participle of convellere (see convulse (v.)). Related: Convulsively.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by or having the nature of convulsions.
- Having or producing convulsions.
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